VIRAL: Yangon United players attack referees

Yangon United players fight with referees at the General Aung San Shield tournament on Sept. 30, 2018. Source: Eleven Media

A highlight reel from last week’s match between Yangon United and Hanthawaddy United has been viewed almost a million times, but not because of the players’ skills. Instead, the video shows Yangon United players picking fights with referees and getting kicked off the pitch.

The footage comes from the General Aung San Shield tournament, held at Aung San Stadium on Sept. 30. The violence began in the second half, when Hanthawaddy was up by a point and was awarded a penalty kick in the 66th minute. Yangon United goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Htet and defender Kyaw Min Khant really did not like that decision, so they attacked the referee and tried to fight him.

Other players intervened, and the two violent players were sent off.

Yangon United’s substitute goalkeeper ended up blocking the penalty shot, and the team went on the win the match and the K30 million (US$19,300) prize.

Hanthawaddy won K15 million (US$9,800), and one of its players won best player.

Somehow, despite his team’s belligerence, Yangon United coach Myo Min Tun won the best coach award.

Check out the video from Eleven here:

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